Last month, we made a big deal about Eminem dropping a SICK — seriously, SICK — freestyle at the age of 42. But let’s be honest: He’s been in the rap game for over two decades and, like a fine wine, gets better with age. But let’s do a rewind to when he was on the up-and-up, before 1999’s Slim Shady LP and 2000’s Marshall Mathers LP. The blog Hip Hop DX recently unearthed an awesome freestyle of Eminem dropping lines on college radio at New York City’s Baruch College. He was 24-years-old at the time and trading bars with an underground rapper named A.L. on a show called “Solo Radio.” Via Hip Hop DX:
“Eminem comes in somewhat shy or just cool and I thought [his manager] Paul [Rosenberg] was his bodyguard because he was a big dude,” DJ Sincere, who hosted Solo Vibes radio, said. “Needless to say, Em killed it with a battle style that was so sharp, besides his flow and delivery, how he spit, what he spit, and how everyone in the room was so impressed.”
If you’re a fan, you have to listen to the on-air cypher. Just a remind that Em’s skill has always been there from the beginning.